Billy Currington Discusses His Abuse as a Child

Billy Currington discusses the child abuse he suffered from his stepfather in an issue of People magazine that arrives on newsstands on Friday (Aug. 10). He has completed a 30-day trauma recovery program and will meet with therapists who specialize in childhood trauma later this month, after he completes the recording sessions for his third album. Earlier this summer, Currington canceled all his tour dates for the remainder of the year and went on voice rest due to acute laryngitis. He told the magazine he had heard rumors that he entered rehab for drug and alcohol addiction, so he decided to go public with his abusive childhood to confront the rumors and help others heal from a similar situation. "People who care about me want to know the truth, so I'm telling them," he tells the magazine. "I feel like I'm being used by God now, and all I can say is, 'God, please use me,' because someone else might need to heal from this, too."

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